February 2019


I’ve Decided This Post Doesn’t Count

According to my archives, this has been the first time since February 2017 that I posted fewer than ten entries in a month. And since resuming serious bloggage in the summer of 2015, one of the least productive months — the least if you don't count this very post.

Not sure what it might signify, long term. I know I'm unmotivated right now, but that could change.

I have no idea why it might happen, but it could.


I Did Not Know That

(Said in my best Johnny Carson voice)

Years ago when I got my first Android phone, I looked for a way to end my Apple ID account, but there wasn't one. Apparently it hadn't occcured to the boffins at Apple that anyone might ever contemplate severing ties with their cult company.

So, for all these years, I've had an iCloud email address I didn't use and couldn't monitor conveniently. Recently when I gave Mrs. McG her new iPhone, I took possession of her old one so I could use it with the two-factor authentication and app-specific password regime Apple set up for accessing iCloud mail on non-Apple devices, but having to have the iPhone handy whenever I wanted to do literally anything with the account got to be a pain, so I turned off two-factor authentication and put the iPhone away.

Recently, for reasons that I don't think I need to go into (having an email address, even a totally disused one, that is unmonitored just doesn't sit right with me), I reactivated 2FA to do something — only to discover when the thing was done that it could no longer be turned off.

So I decided it was time I looked into what it might take to finally shut down the account altogether, and I found out Apple had rolled out a privacy portal where account-deletion is now an option.

Whether it takes will remain to be seen; apparently it involves the passage of some time. Maybe some Vogon in Cupertino needs to fill out forms in triplicate, send them in and get them sent back — and then have them queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.

I'm just relieved I was able to find that site without going down into a cellar with a flashlight, only to find it was in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in a disused restroom with a sign on the door saying, "Beware of the leopard."

Update, February 23: Deletion completed. Both the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, and the leopard, have gone unfed.


Criminal Mastermind Alert, 4

So your probation's been revoked, and you know that armed sheriff's deputies will be looking for you. What do you do to avoid being found?

Maybe you go to an educational institution and claim you're being pursued by "people with guns." After all, educational institutions are gun-free zones, right? Even in Wyoming, right?

Central Wyoming College was placed on lockdown just before 11:00 a.m. Monday morning.

A 35-year-old man entered a classroom and told the professor that he was being chased by “people with guns.” The professor immediately called 911.


One CWC student described to County 10 being in a hallway and that, “police kept coming in with guns drawn. They instructed us to get into a classroom right away. There were probably a dozen officers, at least.”


After the threat was deemed not credible and the building was secured, police arrested the 35-year-old man who made the claim for a Probation Revocation Warrant.

Who could have seen that coming?

My first three posts in this series all came last November, and only two of those involved someone from Wyoming, so I don't think there's any danger that #WyomingMan is going to be trending any time soon.


The Starbucks Candidacy

That Starbucks guy who's talking about running for president as an independent? Howard Schultz?

His aim is to draw votes away from Trump, to make up for the weaknesses of whomever the Democrats nominate.

His current rhetoric makes it clear he has no designs on the knee-jerk anti-Trump Democrat — rather, he wants to appeal to Republicans like me who weren't staunchly in Trump's corner in 2016 and still don't care all that much for his personality or temperament. People who — unlike me — still feel that their self-appointed betters really are better than they, and that those betters' disapproval will therefore render Trump un-re-electable.

I know such voters are out there. I see them touting Schultz's alleged appeal to "the middle 60%" while pretending to ignore that he is no better on the top issue, border security, than Nancy Pelosi.

Howard Schultz is no centrist, and he has no intention of winning the presidency. At least, not for himself.

Let's get a few things straight here: if Donald Trump wants to be re-elected in 2020, he will receive the Republican nomination. Dreams of knocking him off during the primary campaign are. Just. Dreams. As for giving him the Perot treatment, dream on: Trump is a lot of things, but he's no George H.W. Bush.

And Howard Schultz is no giant-slayer.

Oh, God. Why am I talking about presidential politics in an odd-numbered year!?

Update, September 6: He’s out.




February 2019


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